Council grant helps villagers to spend a penny

From left, Cllr Phil Bignell (SNC's ward member for Bugbrooke), Cllr Peter Rawlinson (Community Funding Panel Chairman), Centre manager Julianne Field, and Cllr David Harries (ward member for Bugbrooke and Community Centre Chairman).
From left, Cllr Phil Bignell (SNC's ward member for Bugbrooke), Cllr Peter Rawlinson (Community Funding Panel Chairman), Centre manager Julianne Field, and Cllr David Harries (ward member for Bugbrooke and Community Centre Chairman).
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A building that has served Bugbrooke for nearly 20 years has received improvement grants from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) totalling nearly £8,000.

Last week SNC members met with centre manager Julianne Field to celebrate the end of work to refurbish the toilets and the new fence enclosing the sports field.

She said: “It has been a well-used community centre for decades and has hosted family milestones, community group, sports clubs and community events. So everything is getting to the stage where it needs updating.”

“But there’s no comparison to the toilets we had before, these are much more pleasant. The lights are on motion sensors so they’re environmentally friendly, they’re cleaner and easier to maintain.”

“And the council grant made the difference between being able to do this now and having to wait even longer.”

In addition to community development grant of £6,880 towards the total cost of the toilets, the community centre was also awarded £1,009 towards the cost of new fencing.

Councillor Peter Rawlinson, the chairman of SNC’s Community Funding Panel, said: “Bugbrooke Community Centre has proven itself to be an important and well used facility for the village, so the Panel was very pleased to be able to offer financial support for improvements to this village amenity.”

Over the last two years SNC has awarded nearly £1million worth of grants and more money is available.

Some of the money comes from Council Tax, but the vast majority comes from the New Homes Bonus contributions from central government, which can support communities facing change through new housing developments.

That way the council can make communities more sustainable and use housing developments to improve the lives of people who already live in them.

Voluntary and Community organisations along with Parish Councils are invited to apply for funding for projects that benefit the local community, for further details please visit - www.southnorthants.gov.uk/grantscommunity.htm, e-mail grants@southnorthants.gov.uk, or call Katie Arnold on 01327 322216.